New Features and Changes in BPM 12c

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New Features and Changes in BPM 12c

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At the Oracle BPM 12c summer camp in Lisbon, I had a chance to deep-dive into world of Oracle BPM suite 12c which went GA at the end of June. In this blog, I will discuss which I believe are the most notable changes in the BPM 12c product, some of which also impact SOA suite 12c since the BPM suite shares some components with the SOA suite including the human workflow and business rules engine among others as we can see from the diagram below. Furthermore, both the BPEL and BPMN service engines share fundamentally the same codebase.

 There have been a wide variety of changes in this new major release which will affect a number of different BPM project stakeholders including the bpm architect, process analyst and bpm developers. The key new features and changes in 12c which we will discuss are:

  • The new BAM server runtime architecture
  • New developer features

New BAM Server Architecture

There has been a number of notable changes to the architecture of the BAM server and its associated components in 12c in comparison to 11g. In 11g, we had an Active Data Cache component which acted as a cache for BAM data objects used by BAM dashboards. 
In 12c, the ADC component has been replaced with Oracle coherence and the event engine in 11g has been further developed via the Continuous Query Service. Once data objects have been updated in the Persistence engine, this events data is passed to the Continuous Query Service (CQS), which is a query engine that has the ability to listen to a data stream. Every time a change occurs, the CQS investigates which queries are affected by the change, and related to the CQS which dashboards need to be updated, and pushes the information to the report caching engine which in turn pushes the result to relevant views which are then displayed in the associated dashboards. In 12c, the BAM composer and viewer now supports multiple browser types since the BAM front end components now use ADF rather than Microsoft VML which tied these BAM web components to Internet explorer in 11g. There have been further improvements to BAM Server which include the following:

  • Ability to display business data in over 30 different business view types including treemap, bubble, scatter and geo-map (preview only) view types.
  • Due to the underlying architectural changes noted above, the BAM server now supports active-active cluster mode.
  • Finer grained security is enabled: Query, View and Dashboard and row level security
  • There are numerous preassembled BPM process analytics dashboards which come out of the box when the BPM suite is deployed. Note you need to enable process metrics to be collected by modifying the mbean property DisableProcessMetrics to true in the Fusion middleware control console for the BAM server.

New Features for Developers

There have been a number of new features introduced in BPM 12c which will aid those involved in the technical development of BPM projects and those attempting to diagnose BAM runtime issues including:

  • BPM Development Installer
  • JDeveloper Debugger Utilities
  • Detailed Diagnostics Tools for BAM

The 12c release provides users with a quickstart installer which allows one to install BPM 12c via a simplified installer. The installer contains an embedded java DB to minimize the memory utilized by the BPM runtime and also JDeveloper. JDeveloper also now includes an integrated debugger utility which allows one to debug at runtime bpm projects and their associated process graphical components. The standard debugger features such as being able to step in, step over, step out and resume are part of the debugger utility.

To allow BPM project stakeholders to diagnose project issues on the BAM server, 12c provides a comprehensive BAM diagnostics framework which allows one to diagnose different parts of the BAM server including diagnostics in the report cache, data control, composer and continuous query engine among others. We can enable diagnostics level to be enabled along with specific components by setting the mbean properties DiagnosticEnabled, DiagnosticLevel and DiagnosticComponents to appropriate values. One can also monitor viewsets and the performance of continuous query service using the BAM composer.

In this blog, we have discussed some of the new features and changes which have been introduced as part of BPM 12c, however there are many other changes featured in this release including the introduction of user friendly business rules (verbal rules), integration of excel with the Business rules editor and the integration of some business architecture modelling features within bpm composer among others. For further details on BPM 12c, please visit http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bpm/documentation/documentation-154306.html and  https://blogs.oracle.com/bpm/entry/oracle_bpm_12c_now_ga


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